Stories about Advocacy from October, 2013
Why Didn’t Arab ‘Civil Society’ Discuss Human Rights at IGF?
At IGF 2013, only one session was devoted to Internet policy issues in the Arab World. How is it that panelists at this session barely breathed a word about human rights violations in the region?
Netizen Report: Surveillance Looms Large at IGF Bali
This week, we report on Japan's anti-leaking bill, new IP measures in Italy and NSA surveillance fallout in Germany, France, and Indonesia.
Hong Kong Activists Organize, Prepare for Online Attacks
As they ramp up campaigns for election reform and other key changes in 2014, civil society activists and tech community members are developing a strategy for shielding their efforts from online attacks.
GV Face: Advox at #IGF2013
Live from Bali, Indonesia, watch Advoxers Hisham Almiraat, Ellery Biddle, Sana Saleem, Nighat Dad, and other friends of GV talk about what's at stake for user rights at this year's event.
Netizen Report: Tajikistan’s ICT Ethics Code Forbids Online Harassment, “Unpleasant Sounds”
This week, we report on scary new Internet laws in Peru and Ecuador, blocked sites in Morocco and Tajikistan's all-in-one ICT "ethics code."
Ecuador's New Penal Code Would Violate Internet Privacy
Civil society organizations explain that the way Ecuador's new penal law is proposed, all telecommucations services will have to store the data and connection traffic of their users, despite the risks that this entails.
Netizen Report: Russian State Search Engine a Surefire Flop?
In this week's report, officials in Russia pooh-pooh state search engine Sputnik.ru, Azerbaijan reveals the presidential elections results before voting begins, and a new UK crime unit goes after torrent websites.
Venezuela: Chavez Recording Hits the Web, Top-Level Domain is Blocked
On September 28 and 29, Venezuelan Twitter users reported that all .co domains and shortened urls were blocked on government-owned ISP, Cantv.
Zambia: Careful What You Say — the President is Listening
Ethnic group leaders in Zambia are finding government surveillance devices planted under their thrones and even in their bedrooms.
GV Face: Fighting for an Open Internet in Brazil
This week on GV Face, Global Voices' weekly video hangout series, we talk with Brazil author Raphael Tsavkko, Internet policy expert Carolina Rossini and Joana Varon, an author of Brazil's Marco Civil da Internet bill.
From Brazil to the World: the Marco Civil and Internet Governance
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivered a searing critique of US government surveillance programs at the UN this fall and presented Brazil as a leader in upholding human rights online. Will she follow through on her promise?
“Lesbianism” and “War Games”: Russian Internet Censorship Continues
Russian website Looo.ch was presumably blocked for hosting an art project: two multimedia "textbooks" titled "Homosexuality for Children" and "Lesbianism for Children," which are meant to be a "satire of Russian homophobia."
My Friend is Getting Tortured for Blogging
Safy is a regular guy who has worked as an IT officer until he saw his friend get shot by riot police during the first weeks of the revolution. He could not be the ‘regular guy’ after this.
Will Ecuador Criminalize Slander on Social Networks?
New proposed measures against slander and libel on social networks, including mandatory installation of surveillance cameras at Internet cafes, could have a big impact on free expression and privacy.
Peru: Congress Passes “Practically Secret” Version of IT Crimes Act
In final deliberations over the controversial IT Crimes Bill, also known as the Beingolea Law, Congress members created and unanimously approved a new version of the bill, leaving no opportunity for public scrutiny of the law.